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All criteria to rent in Philadelphia otherwise satisfied, I have a 5th degree felony relating to controlled substances; crime committed 10/2012. Rejected. Can I object to this denial. Will this likely be a reason for denial in every attempt to rent?
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Landlord-Tenant
Expert:  Ely replied 2 years ago.

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Rejected - for what? You never explained what you are actually applying for. Can you please give me a little more information as to the background?

This is not an answer, but an information request. I need this information to answer your question. Please reply, so I can answer your question. Thank you in advance.

Customer: replied 2 years ago.
Application to rent declined due to credit score. The felony I described was adjudicated as a Misdemeanor.On said credit report was one unpaid returned check from 2012. I paid the claim but it doesn't show now.I do not believe I have any recourse with the present issue, but I must know of these resolutions such that a future application would not reasonably be subject to declination
Expert:  Ely replied 2 years ago.

Thank you.

Sorry, but there is no immediate recourse. A landlord is "allowed to discriminate" when it comes to credit score or criminal history. This means even if you have a criminal history, the landlord can decide to reject the application. And/or, if your credit score is considered low, the landlord can reject it as well (the landlord can set their own minimum requirements for credit scores for applicants).

There is no "right" to rent. As long as the landlord is not discriminating due to race, religion, creed, etc, then they can reject an application based on credit score or criminal history, whatever it is.

Other landlords may not be so picky - this one may have simply had very high standards. But there is no way to "ensure" that a rental application would not be rejected in the end, if the landlord has certain criteria.

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Expert:  Ely replied 2 years ago.

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